I trialed a service with a client and a contact of her’s yesterday. We held a 3 way conversation via a US number and were able to log into the web and see that each of us were on that call. It has moderating facilities and allows you to mute other callers on the line, boot people if you need to, record the conversation which is apparently available online an hour later and so on. My client’s contact mentioned to me she thought it might be useful for VAs who do digital transcription. You could get a client to dial in, record their dictation and then I think the system would email you later to let you know the file was ready for downloading. At any rate, you could log in later and download the file.Now, why is it free? I have no idea. Perhaps they plan to charge later once they have a decent client base and people understand how they work. Cost for dialing into a US number is minimal if you use a phone card from the newsagents or post office. Here in Australia you could get a $10 card and it will last you for something like 700 minutes over a 3 month period before it runs out.
The site address? http://freeconferencing.liveoffice.com/index.html
The beauty of this system is that once you have an account, you are given a bridge number and a pin number. The bridge number will direct your client to the correct account once they’ve dialled in. The pin number you use with the bridge number when logging into the website so you can see how many people are on the line. Apparently it will take up to 250 people per session for up to 6 hours.
Now, I know some of you will say ‘there has to be a catch’ – and I agree, but I haven’t found it yet. So feel free to explore and try it out and let us all know how you found it. They do have other services that do cost.
So if you have clients that need teleconferencing, this is ideal. If you do digital transcription and you were looking for a cost effective way for clients to record and get the files to you, this is it. KMT